Udon Entertainment unveiled an impressive line-up of books for the coming year at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night, including the English-language translaton of the manga of Ryo Akizuki Kill La Kill, and not one but two Osamu Tezuka artbooks. Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Artbook is a collection of sketchbook drawings and designs, while Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Illustrations collects his animation model sheets.
Canada is comics’ secret super-power. As far back as 1938, when Toronto-born Joe Shuster created Superman with Cleveland’s Jerry Siegel, Canada has been a vital partner -- a Wild Child to America's Sabtretooth. (Age of Apocalypse version.)
”We have so many great artists and writers to choose from, it’s such an embarrassment of riches,” says Ty Templeton, a writer and artist who has worked for most major publishers and on most big name characters, and who knows just about everyone in the business. When he says Canada's creative community boasts an embarrassment of riches, he knows what he's talking about. So on this beautiful and proud Canada Day, we at Comics Alliance have to ask; why hasn't a Canadian creative team ever taken on Canada's best-known superhero team, Alpha Flight?
Last week, Image Comics announced that Jim Zub and Steve Cummings' Wayward would be launching in August. Billed as "the perfect new series for wayward Buffy fans," the new ongoing series is focused on a group of teens in Tokyo, dealing with the monsters of Japanese mythology, and it's Zub's first creator-owned title since he launched Skullkickers back in 2010.
To find out more, I spoke to Zub about the inspiration for the series, why you won't be seeing Rori, the main character, running around with a slice of toast in her mouth, and how her feelings of being isolated reinforce what's going on in the series. Plus, we have an exclusive first look at the variant cover for Wayward #1 by Adam Warren!
The winner of the 2013 ComicsAlliance prize for Raddest Superhero Art, Filipe Andrade draws some of the coolest pictures we've seen in recent years. His drawing style is an uncanny blend of wild, kinetic line work and fine, intricate detail, which made his stint on Captain Marvel one of Marvel Comics' best looking productions last year. We'd been wondering where Andrade would pop up next and got our answers when Marvel released its solicitations for books going on sale in June. The artist's next big gig is Figment, written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack) and inspired by the Journey Into Imagination attraction at the EPCOT theme park at Disneyworld, starring a steampunky inventor called Dreamfinder and his dragon Figment.
When it comes to comics inspired by tabletop roleplaying games, many titles focus solely on stories using general concepts from the realms they pull from. Dynamite seems to be going the extra mile this May, though, with the launch of the new Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1 by writer Jim Zub and artist Leandro Oliveira that includes "an exclusive Pathfinder Roleplaying Game encounter, sourcebook appendix, and a bonus removable playable tactical map/art poster," which are all things regular Pathfinder player CA Staff Writer Chris Sims assures me are "neat."
Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack didn't conclude after its 52nd episode on Cartoon Network in October of 2004. It unfortunately kind of just stopped in the middle of its narrative due to cancellation. Nine years and no new Jack... just jack. That changes this Wednesday, though, as Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and original SJ cartoon series character designer Andy Suriano pick up where the time-displaced warrior's adventures left off on TV in Samurai Jack #1, the first of a five-issue comic book series from IDW. Tartakovsky himself is even contributing a variant cover, with other covers being illustrated by artists including Chew's Rob Guillory.
For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
As previously announced by Valiant, running in the back of each of their titles in July will be a six page short story titled Who Will Lead the H.A.R.D. Corps. Written by Jim Zub with art by Edwin Huang -- the acclaimed team behind Skullkickers -- and featuring color by Dave McCaig, the short promotes the upcoming Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #14 with an inside look at the interview process other Valiant characters went through with Project Rising Spirit, in the hopes of being hired to lead the Corps. Valiant has provided ComicsAlliance with the complete six page story -- featuring a desperate Quantum, a drunk Armstrong and dejected Master Darque -- which you can check out in full after the cut.
When DC announced that Hellblazer, the flagship title in the Vertigo line, would be ending with issue 300 and relaunching as Constantine in the DC Universe, the reaction amongst readers was mixed, to say the least. And now, via an interview today with Comic Book Resources, DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase have revealed that Robert Venditti, who was previously set to write C